LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This weekend at South Plains Lanes, you will find bowlers from all over the world competing in the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open.
"These tournaments here, really do a lot for our sport," PBA Hall of Famer Jimbo Evans said. "Really, the bowlers here talk about it year around."
"In fact, the entire Malaysian team is here," Evans said. "There are some others that come from England and a few others like they did last year. There is a lot of foreign flavor, is the way we like to say it, and so we continue to draw a lot of people who want to come to Lubbock."
They come for the people, the competition, and the grand-prize of $12,500.
"This is one of the biggest money tournaments that we have out here," PBA Champion Ken Harlan said. "This one pays twelve-five to win this year, and most of the regionals that we go to are about $2,500 to win. So, with $10,000 more added, that is why you see the interest."
With over 120 bowlers already registered, and with the possibility of more coming to the Hub City, Lubbock bowlers say the field is stacked.
"The field for this event is definitely the biggest and strongest that we have the southwest, every year," Local PBA Bowler Cody Meiers said. "I look forward to it every year."
Over the years, this event has grown from being a regional to a national title.
With a format that will lead to higher scoring, there is a lot of excitement for this weekend.
When asked about making sure the bowlers remember Lubbock, Evans said:
"Yes. I think that is how it has grown, is the fact that they go and say, 'Man, you should have gone to Lubbock,'" Evans said. "Because of the way they got treated and we try to make sure that the center is just right."